Valentine: Censorship shows terrorists have won
We've spent countless billions since 9/11 fighting terrorism. We've sacrificed untold lives in this struggle to keep us free. After all, what is terrorism's goal but to limit our freedom and force us to do what the terrorists want us to do?
We've rounded up or killed hundreds of terrorists. We've freed Iraq. Al Qaeda is on the run in places like Afghanistan. But, have we defeated terrorism in America?
That thought occurred to me when I read that the Comedy Central television series 'South Park' had been censored. The irreverent cartoon lambasts practically everyone. They've made fun of Christians, gays, conservatives, liberals -- you name it. However, when they dared make fun of Islam and Mohammed they were met with death threats. Network execs took the threats seriously and any references to Mohammed were bleeped.
Franklin Graham, the son of famed evangelist Billy Graham, was uninvited to speak at the National Day of Prayer at the Pentagon. Why? Because he dared speak out about how Islam treats women and makes followers slaves to its belief system. The Pentagon caved because of political correctness.
The terrorists have won.
One of the chapters of my book, The Conservative's Handbook, states that political correctness is the liberal form of fascism. That's abundantly evident. Comedy Central didn't muzzle South Park when they made fun of Christianity. 'Family Guy' has poked fun at Jesus. The difference is there was no thought that some Christian terrorist group might surreptitiously gain entry to Comedy Central offices and start lopping off heads. It's that threat that has changed the behavior of so many, not just Comedy Central. I've seen no word that there's even the thought of prosecuting the group that threatened Comedy Central. Can you imagine if that were a Christian group?
If I were to be honest with you I would tell you that oftentimes I've longed to say exactly what I feel on the subject but I have not out of fear of jeopardizing the lives of my family. I'm sure I'm not alone in the talk radio world. It's sad, really. Implicit threats have squelched free speech. I can't think of any other subject on which people are mortally terrified to speak out.
Fear has paralyzed our entire country. Our leaders are just as petrified to speak the truth. Anyone who does must live the rest of their days in hiding. Anyone heard from Salman Rushdie lately?
Wafa Sultan is an author who's been a guest on my show several times. She wrote a book called A God Who Hates. Growing up under Islam she was taught to hate America and all infidels. Trained in Syria as a psychiatrist she became curious about this "Great Satan" she was raised to despise. She emigrated to the United States in 1989 and has since rejected everything she was taught as a Muslim. "I have decided to fight Islam," she says. "Islam has never been misunderstood, Islam is the problem." Needless to say, Ms. Sultan is watching her back.
What we cannot allow to happen is for the forces of political correctness to scare all criticism of the warped views they hold sacred into the shadows. People have become afraid to speak their minds on a whole host of issues including illegal immigration, gay marriage and the true impetus of the ills in the black community. One cannot voice wisdom and reason on these subjects, especially on the latter, for fear of being screamed down as a racist or homophobe.
Perhaps when radical Muslims fear us more than we fear them, free speech will return to America.